The Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea. (Stock photo)

Vancouver Island’s Hawaii telescope operator will trace his path in astronomy

Cam Wipper to be featured Friday, Aug. 28, in Royal Astronomical Society of Canada webinar

A former VIU student who is now a telescope operator and scientific observer in Hawaii will talk about what he can see from a international summit of astronomy.

Cam Wipper, who grew up in Nanaimo and now works at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea, will be the feature speaker tomorrow, Aug. 28, in a Royal Astronomical Society of Canada webinar open to the public.

Wipper’s talk, ‘Hawaiian Nights: A Personal Journey from Vancouver Island to Mauna Kea’ will talk about how he came to work at Mauna Kea and the nearly 10 years and counting he has been there.

“This will include a brief history of astronomy in Hawaii, as well as an exploration of how a modern astronomical observatory conducts scientific observations,” notes the society’s website.

Wipper’s talk is at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. To register, click here.

The Nanaimo Astronomy Society is helping to promote the webinar and noted that it intends to resume its monthly meetings Sept. 24 via Zoom for members only. For more information, visit

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